In our small town, every breast burned with the holy fire of patriotism.
A half dozen rash dissenters dared to disapprove of the war and cast doubt on its righteousness.
Nightly we packed the public meetings, where patriotic speeches stirred our hearts to the deepest deep.
It was indeed a glad and gracious time.
The volunteers were there, their young faces alight with visions of glorious victory.
Sunday morning came and our church was filled. It was the day before the battalions would leave for the front.
The minister read a war chapter from the Old Testament.
Then an organ blast shook the building, and together we rose
Never in our church had we heard the like of it for passionate pleading and moving language.
Then came the minister’s prayer.
An aged stranger entered from the back and moved up the aisle with slow and noiseless step.
With all our eyes on him, he ascended to the minister’s side and stood there, waiting. The minister’s own eyes were shut in prayer, and he went on unaware of the stranger.
MINISTER: Grant us victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag. Amen.
STRANGER: You have heard your minister pray, “Grant us victory, O Lord our God.” The Lord too has heard this prayer, and He will grant it—if such is your desire. But first I am commanded to explain to you its full meaning
Afterward, we agreed the man must have been a lunatic. What he said made no sense at all.
Twain's ridiculing that war is very scary thing and people put their lives on the line and wisdom is a good thing to have.People ignoring wisdom is ignorant and a positive mind is better than a negative mind.